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Breastfeeding mom so upset her baby was fed formula she sues for $10,000

The New York mom said she "cried for an hour" after learning her newborn was fed formula three nights after coming home from the hospital.

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Let your kids fail. To learn self-sufficiency, kids need to occasionally dust themselves off (literally and figuratively) without your help. "Most parents know what their children are capable of but step in to make things easier for them," says Sheri Noga, the author of Have the Guts to Do It Right: Raising Grateful and Responsible Children in an Era of Indulgence. Remember: Long-term benefits—a teenager who knows how to do her own laundry, for example—trump momentary discomfort. Before you rush in to help with any physical task, ask yourself: "Is my child in real danger?" Then—and this applies to other challenges, like the social studies poster due tomorrow—think about whether your child has the necessary skills (dexterity and balance) or simply adequate sleep and a snack. Yes? Time to back off and see what happens.

For two nights, New York mother Lynn Wojton was awakened by the nanny to breastfeed her newborn daughter after coming home from the hospital.

On the third night, nanny Marcia Chase-Marshall, who slept in the same room as Wojton, never woke her. After first saying it was because she thought formula was best, the nanny eventually told the new mom she was too tired to help her breastfeed, alleged Manhattan Supreme Court documents obtained by the New York Post.

"I was very upset,” said Wojton, 37. "This is not what I wanted — this is not what I want — for my baby. I cried for an hour, honestly."

Wojton is suing the nanny for $10,000 in damages.

When contacted by the Post by phone, Chase-Marshall said, "I have nothing to say," before hanging up.

The incident happened in September 2018. Since then, Wojton, who runs her own cosmetic nursing practice, has a new nanny and her daughter is six-months-old.

Wojton's lawyer Brett Gallaway said his client was right to protect herself and family by not immediately pursing legal action.

"Lynn obviously didn’t want to cross a stranger who had direct access to her baby, to her home and belongings at such an important and potentially volatile time," Gallaway told the Post.

Wojton said memories of that night still linger.

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"I’m in a good place now, but I still get upset."

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